Designed to fill the space between stone, glass, and ceramic tiles, grout is a cement-based mixture. Grout helps secure the tile in a stylish and practical way with an assortment of colors and a few formulas to choose from. It is also used as backsplashes and around showers and tubs with tile and grout is a common option to cover floors in kitchens and bathrooms. Tile and grout are used in many different ways with so many stylish and creative options. To keep the grout clean and preventing the dull, dingy effects that seem to occur over time is a struggle many of us face. Why it is a challenge to clean and some preventative measures, we at Tough Carpet Cleaning would like to relate today.
Grout is Porous
Grout is very porous in nature and as a result, soil, bacteria, soap scum, moisture, and other particulates are commonly absorbed in grout. Mold and mildew can quickly set into the grout under these conditions. Most people turn to the mop for the floors and rag/sponge for other surfaces when cleaning these surfaces. the grout still seems to lose the bright, clean, freshness it originally had, despite the efforts made diligently.
Avoid Cleaning Tile Grout with Dirty Water
When mopping, people will use the same prepared bucket of water and cleaner throughout the entire process is one of the primary causes. Making it less and less effective as you happen when you dip the mop in the water. You are only applying filthy surface water to the top eventually. Leaving a residue of cleaner behind and moisture to set into the grout, few take the time to rinse and dry after the washing as well. Adding layers of residue and dust and debris that magnetizes to it, the residing cleaner will buildup. The dingy and dull effects set into the grout over time. Only use warm water to rinse the residues and wipe away the spots to avoid the buildup if mopping is your primary approach to cleaning your tile and grout, every 2nd or 3rd washing. As it will expedite the wear of the sealant when cleaning the floors, stay away from vinegar.
Grout is Lower than Tile
Leaving these grout lines exceptionally difficult to clean because grout dips lower than tile, it makes little to contact as you scrub. The time and labor aren’t appealing though the best method to treating the grout is scrub with a brush. To maximize your cleaning efforts, use a tile and grout machine cleaner. Make sure you change the water frequently and you use a scrubbing brush to treat the grout if you stick to the mopping.
Grout Needs to Be Sealed
Ensure they are periodically serviced with a professional sealant application to extend the clean and freshness of your grout. To reduce the moisture, soil, and debris from seeping deep into the grout and help minimize staining, the sealer acts a barrier. Especially if the wrong cleaners are used, sealers last about a year, but can wear down faster with excessive foot traffic and frequent cleanings. Lack of sealer will also be a contributing factor to keeping the grout clean.
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In order to protect your grout and extend the clean, bright, and vibrant longer with your cleaning maintenance, it is recommended that your tile and grout get professionally cleaned at least once a year and asking your professional to include a sealant application will help. Call Tough Carpet Cleaning today to schedule your tile and grout cleaning and sealing services.